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xjermx

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xjermx Registered since 10th Feb 2010
Wed 10-Feb-10 04:19 AM

I've been mostly sold on the awesomeness of a 50mm lens, but
it is my understanding that the current generation of 50mm
lenses from nikon will not autofocus with the d3000 (unless I
spend a gob of cash, I'm thinking of the ~$130 50mm lens).   
I'm happy to shop for good used lenses,  and I have a d3000. 
Is there a 50mm that I should be looking for that won't have
the (wasted feature) autofocus on it?

Thanks.

gkaiseril

Chicago, US
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#1. "RE: 50mm lens with a d3000" | In response to Reply # 0

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Wed 10-Feb-10 02:13 PM

From the note on page 16 of the D3000 User Guide:

"Autofocus is supported with only AF-S and AF-I lenses, which are equipped with autofocus motors."

So for every lens you want auto-focus for has to have a focusing motor, with the appropriate material cost, in the lens, unlike some more expensive camera bodies that include an auto focus motor within the body.

You can buy a AF Nikor 50mm f/1.8D new for about $125.00, it will not autofocus on the D3000 since it has the focusing pin that interlocks with Nikon cameras that have an internal focusing motor.

George
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Asgard

East Frisia, DE
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#2. "RE: 50mm lens with a d3000" | In response to Reply # 0

Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004
Wed 10-Feb-10 06:28 PM

Hi Jeremy,

here is a list of all lenses which will provide AF with your camera:

http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=312&topic_id=37&mesg_id=37&page=

Gerold - Nikonian in East Frisia
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MEMcD

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#3. "RE: 50mm lens with a d3000" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Wed 10-Feb-10 09:25 PM

Hi Jeremy,

Welcome to Nikonians!
The Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G AF-S and the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM are your only choices that will AF when mounted on your D3000. The problem is both of theses lenses are well over $400.00.
If you can live with a 35mm prime, the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G AF-S ($199.95) will AF on a D3000 body. It is a little wider, but a lot cheaper alternative.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

xjermx

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#4. "RE: 50mm lens with a d3000" | In response to Reply # 3

xjermx Registered since 10th Feb 2010
Wed 10-Feb-10 09:40 PM

Thanks for the answers.

Looks like the 35mm f/1.8 AF-S goes for about $200, while the 50mm f/1.4 AF-S goes for around $500.

Sadly, I'm on a pretty limited budget. I'm trying to get a good general lens - should I go ahead and grab the 35mm and be happy with it, or is the 50mm so much better than the 35mm that I should wait and save up?

MEMcD

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#5. "RE: 50mm lens with a d3000" | In response to Reply # 4

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Wed 10-Feb-10 11:32 PM

Hi Jeremy,

On you D3000, a 35mm lens has the same Field of View (FOV) as a 50mm lens has on a film of FX body. Back in the 1970's and 1980's most cameras came with a 50mm lens as zooms were uncommon and expensive at the time.
The 35mm lens is considered a normal lens on a DX body.
To see for yourself, set the zoom ring on your kit lens to 35mm and keep it there for a while and shoot.
Then set it to 50mm and keep it there for a while and shoot.
Which focal length works better for you?
The 50mm f/1.4 is 2/3rds of a stop faster than the 35mm f/1.8.

Best Regards,
Marty

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